Grapes are harvested, sorted and destemmed. Pressed with a pneumatic press under low pressure, then allowed to settle for 24 hours under cold temperature. Fermented in in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats then aged on fine lees for 5 months
Reuilly is a small appellation in the heart of the Berry region totalling just over 200ha. The two Mabillot brothers now run the 8ha family domaine established by their father Alain in 1990.
Their vines are planted on Kimmeridgian limestone-clay slopes where there is a lot of flints. To strengthen their ecological approach towards viticulture, they are one of only 20% of domaines in the appellation to plough their soils, reducing their yields as a consequence.
Their Reuilly has a purity and intensity of fruit that you sadly find so rarely in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé where the wines are often throttled by too much sulphur.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Romania, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, the states of Washington and California in the US. Some New World Sauvignon blancs, particularly from California, may also be called "Fumé Blanc", a marketing term coined by Robert Mondavi in reference to Pouilly-Fumé.
Depending on the climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavors" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risks losing much aroma from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes. Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favorable description of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and New Zealand.
Region: Reuilly AOC
The Reuilly vineyards consists of 150 hectares (370 acres) located in 7 communes: Reuilly and Diou in Indre and Lazenay, Chéry, Lury-sur-Arnon, Preuilly and Cerbois in Cher. The soils are made up of sandy-gravelly soil and clayey-chalky soil (Kimmeridgian marl). Three different grape varieties are grown: Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir and Pinot gris. The AOC, recognized by the decree in 1937 for white wines made from Sauvignon and in 1961 for red and rosé wines made from Pinot noir and Pinot gris, is under the guardianship of the committee for regional wine and fruit brandy of the Loire Valley, within the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO), which regulate French agricultural products with appellations. Annual production is around 8,000 hectolitres.
Tasting: Bright acid, elderflower, salty finish